Cover Your Legal Bases Sioux City IA

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

Lindsey R Buchheit
(712) 226-4000
701 PIERCE ST STE 200
SIOUX CITY, IA
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Estate Planning, Commercial
Education
University of Nebraska College of Law,University of Nebraska Wesleyan
State Licensing
Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota

Michael William Ellwanger
(712) 277-3304
522 Fourth Street, Suite 300
Sioux City, IA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Litigation, Business, Employment
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Morningside College
State Licensing
Iowa

John B Anderson
(712) 277-1261
423 6th Street Suite 400
Sioux City, IA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

Jay P Phipps
(712) 873-3210
P.O. Box 442 232 Main Street
Moville, IA
Specialties
Business, Family, Personal Injury
Education
University of South Dakota Law School
State Licensing
Iowa

Daniel L. Hartnett
(712) 277-4561
614 Pierce Street, P.O. Box 27
Sioux City, IA
 
Rebecca A Nelson
(712) 277-2373
522 Fourth Street, Suite 300
Sioux City, IA
Specialties
Family, Employment, Business
Education
University of South Dakota School of Law,Morningside College
State Licensing
Iowa

Barbara Fisher Orzechowski
(712) 252-1866
4280 Sergeant Road, Mayfair Center, Suite 290
Sioux City, IA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate, Business, Family
Education
University of South Dakota College of Law
State Licensing
Iowa

Kyle Stephen Irvin
(712) 277-1261
423 6th Street Suite 400
Sioux City, IA
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Northwestern College
State Licensing
Iowa

Chad C Thompson
(712) 378-3611
P.O. Box 219 4 East 2nd Street
Kingsley, IA
Specialties
Business, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury
Education
Creighton University School of Law
State Licensing
Iowa

Ryan C. Ross
(712) 252-3226
421 Nebraska Street, P.O. Box 1557
Sioux City, IA
 

Cover Your Legal Bases

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Even if Just a Part-Time Business, it Makes Sense to Use a Legal “Professional”
By Jim R. Sapp

While you may be able to handle most of the issues that will arise in a new part-time business, you will want professional assistance for more complex legal issues. Even the smallest businesses need legal advice from the beginning. Don't wait until you have a legal problem to look for an attorney.

Selecting Process

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

You don’t have the time or money to pay someone to learn about your specific industry, so find a professional who is servicing your business sector already. If your company is highly specialized, a business trade publication may list professionals who will understand your specific needs.

Second, when you have settled on one or two law firms, conduct a face-to-face interview with the candidates before you hire. Interview the specific individuals who will service your business and are close in proximity. Ask questions, such as where they went to school, what their expertise is, and if they have experience in your industry. Other good questions include:

• What is your hourly billing rate?
• How often do you increase your rate?
• Can I talk to one or two other small business people you work for?
• What types of work do you most enjoy?

Make your final selection carefully. It is expensive to switch law firms!

Issues An Attorney Can Help You With:
You should do as much for your part-time business as you can yourself; however, a lawyer should review the complex issues. To begin, write a list of exactly what you want the attorney to do for you.

Choosing a Business Structure
An attorney with small or home business expertise can assist you in selecting the structure for your business: a sole proprietorship; partnership; a corporation; or a limited liability company (LLC). An attorney can also help you complete the necessary forms to incorporate your business. Further, it’s important to have the name and address of an attorney for a loan document or any leases you need to have reviewed.

Safeguarding Intellectual Property
An attorney can also help you safeguard your intellectual property, and reserve your own Internet domain name, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. An attorney can also help you to avoid violating other companies’ copyrights, trademarks, or patents.

Conflict Mediation
An attorney can also help you mediate conflicts with consumers and with vendors before they become expensive litigation or before relationships with them are beyond repair. An attorney can also advise you on how to handle potential claims and avoid lawsuits.

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